The Green Bay Packers silenced their critics, for now, this Sunday as they destroyed the Houston Texans 42-24.
It was a game in which the Packers dominated in every aspect and dominated all game.
The scoring started early and it came often.
The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead on passing touchdowns to Jordy Nelson and James Jones. The Texans cut the lead with scores of their own and the Packers took 21 to 10 lead into halftime.
Unlike last week, the Packers came out and never took their foot off the pedal and kept the pressure on the Texans. The Packers put up three more touchdowns in the second half, all of them passes from Rodgers who finished with a staggering stat line; 24 completions for 338 yards and six, yes six, touchdowns. Every touchdown the Packers scored came from Rodgers arm.
Jordy Nelson stepped up and came through with nine catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. James Jones added two touchdowns of his own, his third straight game with two touchdowns. The production was good to see as star receiver Greg Jennings sat out again with a groin injury.
The Packers even had a decent running game. With the news coming this week of Cedric Benson’s injury, the Packers really needed a running back to step up and Alex Green did just that. He rushed for 65 yards on 22 carries, a 3.0 average, and he provided some relief for Rodgers and kept the Texans defense honest.
On the defensive side of the ball the Packers completely shut down Houston’s dangerous running game and because of that their entire offense looked out of sorts. The Packers were also able to get good pressure on Schaub, causing him to scramble and throw a couple of balls away. The defense also picked off Schaub twice in the second half. It was an impressive effort by the Packers defense.
The game did feature some bad news for the Packers. Brandon Saine, Sam Shields, Nick Perry and D.J. Smith all left the games with injuries. The Packers are already dealing with a lot of injuries and while it remains to be seen how bad these new injuries are, any more time missed by starters is a blow to this Packers team.
While the Packers played very well, Houston didn’t do themselves any favors. They had many penalties that cost them by allowing the Packers to keep drives going. On the Packers first drive, the Texans were lined up in the neutral zone, which gave the Packers a first down, which then lead to a touchdown. The Texans also had unsportsmanlike penalties for jumping on a player during a field goal attempt and for a player throwing punches. These are penalties that a team should never have and it really hurt the Texans.
The bottom line was the Packers wanted this game more than the Texans. Rodgers and the rest of the team played angry and looked like they wanted to make a statement, and they succeeded in just that.
This game was a great sign for the Packers. The offense moved the ball with ease and the defense shut down a good offensive team. This game should be a great step forward for the Packers.
From here the Packers travel to St. Louis to take on the 3-3 Rams.
Five Things We Learned From This Game
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league – The Texans have a good defense and even though they lost linebacker Brian Cushing, they are still a formidable unit. But that meant nothing to Rodgers. He tossed six touchdowns and over 330 yards and was an emotional leader for this team. Nobody is better than Rodgers.
Alex Green will fit right in – Green looked good today rushing against the Texans defense. While he didn’t blow anybody away, he provided a nice break for Rodgers and kept the Texans from just dropping everybody back to stop the pass. He should be able to carry the load of the rushing game until Benson can come back
The defense is making good strides – It was another impressive effort from this defense, which is good to see after the poor performance from last week’s game. The Packers were able to stop the Texan’s dangerous running attack and really threw off the Texans whole offensive game plan. It was impressive to watch.
The Texans don’t handle adversity very well – The Texans were undefeated coming into this game but most of those wins were blowouts. It seemed that when the Packers began building their lead the Texans began falling apart. Dumb penalty after dumb penalty really hurt the Texans. It is something they will have to fix as this season moves forward.
This game featured the most boring block punt for a touchdown ever – Late in the fourth quarter, much after the game was out of reach for the Texans, they blocked a Packers punt and recovered the ball in the endzone. A blocked punt is usually very exciting and usually a key play but this touchdown only cut the Packers lead to 18, so it didn’t mean much. While it was still an exciting play it didn’t mean anything.